Archive for March 2016

Kosovo: A Troubling History Gives Way to Independence and a New Identity

Kosovo: A Troubling History Gives Way to Independence and a New Identity
My earliest knowledge of Kosovo goes back to the Kosovo Conflict of 1998-1999, when nightly television reports showed NATO forces bombing the region in order to stop the ethnic cleansing of Albanians by Serbs. A tragic history that was poignantly told in the short film, Shok. Last month, I wrote two posts on this Oscar-nominated film, which... Read more »

Albania: Beauty and Struggle on the Adriatic

Albania: Beauty and Struggle on the Adriatic
When I told a friend I was getting ready to publish a post on Albania, she smiled and started singing a song about Albania that I had never heard. “From ‘Cheers’. Don’t you remember?” she said. I didn’t, so we looked up Coach’s Albania Song from “Cheers” on YouTube, laughed, and sang along with Coach and Sam.... Read more »

Shok Didn't Win an Oscar, It Did Something Even Better

Shok Didn't Win an Oscar, It Did Something Even Better
If you read my post regarding the Oscar-nominated film from Kosovo, Shok, you know I was really pulling for this underdog in the short film category. Sadly, it did not win an Oscar on Sunday night. It did something more: it helped me see a complex situation through the eyes of two vulnerable and innocent Albanian... Read more »
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